Chloe Aston galloped to victory in the 3* 1.45m in Portugal on the 2019 Vilamoura Champions tour with old faithful Amigo T.
Thirty-five contended this single-phase class with Chloe and the Padinus 14-year-old flying into the top spot to beat fellow Brit Laura Renwick and Dublin V by just 0.10 sec. James Smith on Simply Splendid and Chloe aboard second ride Flavie Van De Helle also posted double clears for 11th and 13th.
Laura claimed a win with MHS Washington. Twenty-six tackled the 3* 1.35m speed with Laura and the Obos Quality/Cavalier Royale 11-year-old mare winning by 1.33 sec. Chloe eased Argus Van Orshof Z into sixth and James finished 10th with Twix De La Roque.
Tony Pearson jumped straight to the top in the 3* 1.30m speed. Twenty-four contended this class with Tony and the eight-year-old Captain Morgan flying to victory by almost six sec.
Chloe settled for third and in the 19-horse 3* 1.40m speed on Dudok L, the Canturano/Calvados 11-year-old 1.50 sec behind the pace for third with the nine-year-old Arcadius 6 in fourth 0.85 sec behind. James jumped the steadiest of the clears for ninth on Elmo Brown.
In Gorla Minore, Italy, Jason Smith eased Rivelena W into second in the 35-strong 1.30m two-phase, the nine-year-old finishing just 0.11 sec behind the winner.
Dan Neilson picked up 13th in the 86-horse 1.40m speed with the 10-year-old Edinburgh five sec off the pace.
To hit the highs you have to hit the lows and after the taking the bronze medal and Olympic qualification at the European Championships, Britain was on a high. But it didn’t go according to plan at the Longines FEI Nations Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain, and the team finished donw the line in 14th on day one.
First out Amanda Derbyshire returned on 12 faults with Luibanta BH and Emily Moffitt was eliminated following a crashing fall with Winning Good while Ellen Whitaker finished on eight on Arena UK Winston. Holly Smith pulled out all the stops in the anchor position on the reliable Hearts Destiny to come home on one time fault for the team to finish on 21.
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